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Joel Madrigal Charged For Sex Crimes With Minor

Fontana Softball Coach Joel Madrigal (Full Name: Joel Sanchez Madrigal) Arrested For Alleged Sex Crime With Minor

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FONTANA, CALIFORNIA (November 28, 2023) – A 47-year-old man and Fontana softball coach identified as Joel Madrigal has been arrested for alleged sex crimes with a 12-year-old girl.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that they received reports that someone allegedly sexually assaulted a minor child. Joel Madrigal is facing charges of contacting a minor for sex, lewd acts with a child under 14 and attempted sexual penetration with a foreign object.

The defendant is currently being held on a $120,000 bail. Police believe that there may be other victims of Joel Madrigal given his position as a softball coach.  

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Fontana Coach Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse at the hands of coaches is actually much more common than many people may realize. According to one report by the U.S. Department of Education, around 10% of students experience sexual misconduct by teachers during their K-12 school experience. Not every offender may be a teacher. They could also be a coach, counselor, janitor or principal. Coaches often use the physical contact that sport enables to abuse their students. There are many steps that schools should take in order to prevent sexual abuse.

  • Schools should thoroughly vet all teachers and school employees.
  • Schools should always properly monitor the students in their care.
  • Schools should have clear guidelines on appropriate conduct between teachers and coaches and their students.
  • Schools should thoroughly investigate all suspected instances of sexual misconduct.

All schools have a legal obligation to protect their students from reasonably foreseeable sources of harm. Consider, for example, Taylor v. Oakland Scavenger Co., 17 Cal. 2d 594 [110 P.2d 1044], “It is the duty of the school authorities to supervise at all times the conduct of the children on the school grounds and to enforce those rules and regulations necessary to their protection.” When a school fails to properly monitor students who are then abused, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any instance of sexual abuse.

  • A police report should be created.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • It should be understood if the teacher involved faced prior disciplinary actions.

It is common for teachers who abuse students to have a long history of misconduct. They often have multiple victims across multiple school districts. In many situations,  school officials have suspicions about what was going on, but they never took any concrete actions. The family of any child that is sexually abused at school may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A teacher sexual abuse attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Fontana Teacher Sexual Abuse  

We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to all of the students who may have been harmed by the actions of Joel Madrigal. There needs to be a thorough investigation into the scale and scope of the abuse that may have taken place. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability for what has taken place.

Do you need more information about sexual abuse involving a Fontana sports coach? Our team of sexual abuse attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.

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MICHAEL S. CARRILLO, Partner

Michael works on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.